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BIPOC Mental Health Month: The Best Mental Health Learning Resources in 2023

The 2023 BIPOC Mental Health Month Campaign is Culture, Community, & Connection. Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) populations are faced with disproportionate amounts of historical trauma and displacement that can challenge their ability to thrive in their environments. However, culture, community, and connection are pillars that support and uplift BIPOC individuals in the face of oppression and systemic racism.

Eating Disorders and the BIPOC Community

Eating disorders within the BIPOC community present unique challenges and considerations. It is important to recognize that eating disorders can affect individuals from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the experiences of BIPOC individuals with eating disorders may differ from those of other groups due to various factors such as cultural norms, societal pressures, and systemic racism.

BIPOC individuals may face additional barriers when seeking help for eating disorders, including limited access to culturally competent and inclusive treatment options, lack of awareness and understanding within their communities, and the impact of racial stereotypes and body ideals. These factors can contribute to delayed diagnoses, reduced treatment-seeking behaviors, and increased stigmatization surrounding eating disorders in the BIPOC community.

Mental Health Resources

To support the mental health community, we have put together a working resource list for engaging BIPOC Mental Health Month. While this list is certainly not extensive, it seeks to provide a variety of starting points for embracing Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Loveland Foundation: The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.

Therapy For Black Girls: Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Mental Health America: Throughout the month, they are highlighting BIPOC contributions to the mental health movement. Also, offering a multitude of resources.

Specific Directories of Therapists

  • Association of Black Psychologists: Founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a group of Black Psychologists from around the country. They united to actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community.
  • Latinx Therapy: Founded in 2018 with the mission to destigmatize mental health in the Latinx community.
  • Melanin & Mental Health: Melanin & Mental Health connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
  • National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: NQTTCN is a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color.
  • South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network: SAMHIN, was formed in 2014 to address a broad range of mental health needs of the growing South Asian community in the United States.

Books To Read

  • Maybe I Don’t Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery by David Harewood
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
  • Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
  • Therapy Isn’t Just for White People by Kiara Imani

Podcasts To Check Out

Specific Events

  • BIPOC Eating Disorders Conference
    • Second annual BIPOC Eating Disorders Conference from July 19 to July 22, 2023.
    • More Information can be found on their website.

Renfrew Specific Events

Virtual BIPOC Support Group for Eating Disorders
Date: Held weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. ET

This weekly group addresses the emotional and physical impacts of the current cultural climate on recovery and is ideal for BIPOC individuals with disordered eating patterns, or those questioning if they have an eating disorder, who are looking for additional support. To learn more about this virtual support group, call 1-800-RENFREW.


Virtual Spanish-Speaking Support Group
Date: Held Bi-Weekly on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. ET

This weekly group addresses the emotional and physical impacts of the current cultural climate on recovery and is ideal for BIPOC individuals with disordered eating patterns, or those questioning if they have an eating disorder, who are looking for additional support. To learn more about this virtual support group, call 1-800-RENFREW.

Have a resource to share with us? Contact [email protected] to let us know!

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